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Undergraduate Programs Information

Major or minor in Asian Studies.

Graduate Programs Information

Including: Master of Arts in Asian Studies, Master’s in Asian International Affairs, and Graduate Certificates in Asian Studies.

Student Testimonials

Christina Geisse

The Asian Studies Program was incredible because most professors were undertaking their own research, passionate about their subject of study, and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge with students. It felt fresh and profound at the same time. Inspiring! 

Christina Geisse
Kim Sluchansky

I was able to delve deep and focus on the areas of Asian Studies that truly interested me, and therefore gained a much more thorough and developed understanding of my fields of interest, which are applicable to my current career path. Also, the professors are extremely helpful and want their students to succeed. They were very supportive both while I was at UH and after I graduated.

Fall 2022 Grads


Meet our Fall 2022 Graduates!

Jordan Antonio

Degree: Master of Arts in Asian Studies

Jordan Kanemistsu

Degree: Master’s in Asian International Affairs

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Adrian Abraham

Degree: Master of Arts in Asian Studies

Area Focus: Japan

Research Interests: Racial constructs and minority groups in Japan, Meiji economics, post-war international relations and economics in the IndoPacific

Favorite Professors: Dr. Gay Satsuma, Dr. Eric Harwitt, Dr. Young-a Park, Dr. Christine Yano, Dr. Cathy Clayton, Dr. Lonnie Carlile

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Jackson Ayers

Degree: Master of Arts in Asian Studies

Area Focus: China

Research Interests: Chinese Cultural Revolution, Propaganda, Nationalism, Cultural Production

Favorite Class: One of my favorite courses was Dr. Clayton’s Ethnic Nationalism in Asia because we had a chance to critically examine the relationship between politics, culture, and society through the unique lens of nationalism.

Program highlights: This was my first chance to explore areas of interest through multiple different disciplines. I felt like the course offerings exposed me to academic conversations I had never even heard of before and made me a much more comprehensive thinker in my research on China. Each professor brought fantastic insight to a different side of the academic discourse on Asia, so every class felt fresh and exciting.

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Brandt Kekoa Mabuni

Degree: Master’s in Asian International Affairs

Area Focus: US-China-ASEAN trilateral relations

Research Interests: Energy security, natural resources, trade diplomacy, economic statecraft

Favorite Class: Capitalism in Contemporary Asia (ASAN 626) with Dr. Johnson was an intellectual challenge, and Climate, Energy, and Food Security in the Asia-Pacific (PLAN 625) with Dr. Coffman was very eye-opening. A special thanks to Dr. Stirr and Dr. Govella for their support through the length of my time in the Asian Studies department.

Program highlights: All of the peers turned friends that I’ve met over the last few years…thank you!

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Christopher Meno

Degree: Master’s in Asian International Affairs

Area Focus: Japan, Pacific Islands

Research Interests: Multilateralism, Foreign Relations, Transnational Organized Crime

Favorite Class: Dr. Barbara Andaya’s ASAN630 – Southeast Asia Now

Program highlights: A big mahalo to all my professors, advisors, and mentors for imparting your knowledge, wisdom, and thinking to me. As someone coming from a STEM background, I struggled, but in the end received a well-rounded education on the wide range of fields of study in Asia and the Pacific. A highlight of the program came from ASAN687, where we read about the first South Vietnamese refugees who escaped from Vietnam to Guam in 1975. For my birthday dinner my family and I went to Duc’s Bistro. Upon talking to Duc, the owner, we came to find out that he was one of the people who stayed in Guam’s refugee camps at the time. Thanks to the Asian Studies Department, not only was I able to relate my course readings to Duc’s real-life experiences, but I also enriched my understanding of Guam, my parents’ home of origin, and its historical role during the Cold War. I will keep these experiences and  lessons close as I continue my career in the Air Force. Mahalo and Si Yu’us ma’åse’!

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Serina Nakgawa

Degree: Master of Arts in Asian Studies

Area Focus: Korea

Research Interests: Korea-Japan Relations, Culture & Identity, Art History, Human Rights, Women & Gender, North Korea, Migration & Displaced Persons, and Ethnobotany and the Environment

Favorite Class: It’s hard to pick a favorite! I’ve learned lots from my graduate coursework, however, I am most proud of how my academic writing improved with each class and I am forever thankful for all the professors who guided me in this process

Program highlights: Although the Asian Studies graduate coursework is vitally important to my intellectual and academic growth, I want to highlight some of the classes and opportunities that are unique to UH Manoa. UHM offers a Tea Ceremony class hosted at the Japanese Tea House behind the East-West Center on campus. The Tea Ceremony class has inspired my research proposal for an MA/PhD in History of Art.

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Naomi Slusser

Degree: Master’s in Asian International Affairs

Area Focus: East and Southeast Asia

Research Interests: Southeast Asian regional security cooperation, cultural and historical influences in Asian International Relations, and race/ethnicity in modern China

Favorite Class: 630 with Dr. Andaya, 651 with Dr. Famularo, and everything with Dr. Clayton!

Program highlights: Class conversations with both members of the Hassell team (Mizuki and Andy), and food/music/general island adventures with Emma Tsu and Jade Nine.

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